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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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    Fed-OSHA finds violations in deadly North Carolina crane collapse

    The collapse of a section of North Carolina’s Bonner Bridge last spring that killed a welder and injured his co-employee as they worked on a dismantling project, resulted from a contractor’s failure to follow established safety procedures, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency issued two serious violations to the contractor for failing to use engineering surveys or calculations to control the bridge’s stability and avoid unplanned collapses. Herald-Sun

     

    Fed-OSHA issues fines in Texas crane collapse that killed two

    Fed-OSHA has released the results of an investigation into an accident on a road-widening project that killed two brothers near Beaumont, Texas in April. The accident occurred when a crane collapsed and struck their pickup truck. The company faces more than $212,000 in proposed penalties for allegedly failing to assemble a crane boom properly. Fox 4 Beaumont

     

    Feds fine Illinois nursing home for pandemic-related violations

    An Illinois nursing facility has been fined more than $83,000 by Fed-OSHA for failing to protect its staff from COVID-19, the largest penalty under a federal healthcare safety rule adopted during the pandemic. The facility allegedly failed to ensure N95 respirators fit and were used properly. KELO

     

    Trucking industry resists vaccination mandate

    Trucking industry leaders are making their voices heard regarding the federal vaccine mandate. Already experiencing a driver shortage, there is also concern drivers may walk away from the trucking industry altogether. brroud

     

    Forklift accident kills Minnesota employee

    A Richfield, Minnesota man died last week of blunt force head and chest injuries as the result of a forklift incident at a paper stock company last week. WCCO